Australian Council for Private Education and Training

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PRESS CONFERENCE
AUSTRALIAN COUNCIL FOR PRIVATE EDUCATION AND TRAINING, SYDNEY
THURSDAY, 22 MAY 2014

SUBJECT/S: Abbott Government higher education shambles; concern from vice-chancellors; deregulation; cuts to higher education and to tertiary sector regulator.

JOURNALIST:  Kim Carr, there seems to be a growing division and uncertainty around when the [inaudible] changes will actually kick in; we seem to have Christopher Pyne and Tony Abbott saying one thing, the Budget Papers something else; HECS debt changes seem to apply from now, so do fees for enrolling students now. Is this a shambles as you’ve suggested?

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ABC World Today with Alexandra Kirk

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RADIO INTERVIEW
ABC WORLD TODAY WITH ALEXANDRA KIRK
WEDNESDAY, 14 MAY 2014

SUBJECT/S: Tony Abbott’s Budget of Broken Promises and Twisted Priorities; Higher education fees.

ELEANOR HALL: Higher education is also in for a big change. From 2016 universities will have complete freedom to set fees, while the Commonwealth will cut its contribution to the cost of a degree by around 20 per cent. Labor's education spokesman, Senator Kim Carr, told Alexandra Kirk the change would mark the end of fair and affordable higher education.

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